By "Q. David Bowers"
An AMICA Publication for 2017
Consistent within AMICA's stated objective of " ... educating the public about the historical and cultural significance of automatic musical instruments.", AMICA is about to publish a new book Encyclopedia of Disc Music Boxes, authored by the elder statesman,Q. David Bowers. This book is of equal magnitude and importance to David's earlier monumental Encyclopedia of Automatic Musical Instruments, published in 1972, which is still an excellent reference. We anticipate going to print on this book in early February for delivery in March of 2017.
This high-quality book, with 43 chapters, 715 pages and some 1
,600+ images, is a "must have" book for all AMICAns and others sharing an
interest in disc music boxes. A classic coffee table type book to be prominently
displayed in members' homes, it is certain to provoke interest in automatic
musical instruments, and enhance membership numbers. After many years of
gathering new information, David has skillfully traced the origins and
development of disc music boxes from the 1880's to the early 1920's. This book
contains information about disc-type music boxes made in Germany, Switzerland,
America, and a few other places, much of which is new information not previously
published. Each company has its own chapter, beginning with its history,
publicity and news as reflected in German and American trade papers and
elsewhere, followed by a listing of models in order by disc sizes, original
catalogue illustrations, specifications, and other rarely found information.
Throughout is a "gallery" of full color photographs showing examples from
private collections and museums around the world.
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